Fr. John-Julian, OJN

Paraclete Press, 2009

This is the first book which includes all of Julian of Norwich's writing in modern English and which puts her life and works in context.  Fr. John-Julian has a knowlegeable yet accessible perspective on Juilan's life and the contemporary setting.

Mirabai Starr, translator

New Seeds/Shambhala, 2007

Starr, who also translated The Interior Castle, presents a new translation of Teresa of Avila's autobiography about her spiritual struggles leading to conversion and then to her profound encounters with God. 

Megan Don

New World Library, 2005

The wisdom found in The Interior Castle by Teresa of Avila, a 16th-century nun, has been translated into contemporary English.  Each short chapter is followed by mediations to help the reader further contemplate her words. 

Thomas Merton

Thich Nhat Hanh, Foreword

Doubleday Image, 1971

In his classic on prayer, Thomas Merton explores the influences of prayer from Western and Eastern monastic Christian history, such as St. John of the Cross, and Buddhism of the East. 


St. Ignatius of Loyola

Anthony Mottola, translator

Image Doubleday, 1964

This is the classic study and retreat guide written in 1533 by St, Ignatius for thirty days of prayer.

Brother Lawrence

Paraclete Press, 2010

A new translation of the classic guide to spiritual attentiveness for daily living by the 17th century monk Brother Lawrence, with a new foreword by Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove.

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St. John of the Cross

E. Allison Peers, translator and editor

Dover Publications, 2008

The beautifully written spiritual classic by a 16th-century Carmelite monk, St. John of the Cross. 

Robert H. Hopcke

Paul Schwartz

New Seeds, 2006

An updated translation of a 14th-century classic of the stories and legends of St. Francis which focus on his spiritual teaching, with a foreword by Richard Rohr.

John Anthony McGukin

Shambhala, 2002

These spiritual texts from the early Christan mothers and fathers of the desert in the Arab Christian world are from the fourth to the eleventh centuries.